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11th May 2009

Muchall form pleases Cook

A patient inning at Hove against Sussex,  especially on the morning of day 4 four where runs were scarce, saw Muchall score his first first-class century since 2006.  With not a lot happening with the wicket Gordon was pleased with his knock against a defensive field.  “I’m really pleased to have got the century.  Sussex bowled really well and obviously they didn’t attack very much, one slip and one big ring, Martin-Jenkins and Corey Collymore were always there or thereabouts, it was quite hard to get away.  I thought they bowled really well and in the past I might have given my wicket away trying to do something.   It was good to have Dale and Diva out there to keep speaking to, who just kept reinforcing that Sussex were bowling in decent areas and there’s not much you can do.”

Michael Di Venuto, who partnered Gordon through the early stage of his innings said, “It’s been an excellent start to the season from Gordon.  He had a huge opportunity at the start of the season, with us going without an overseas player, so there was a spot there and he’s grabbed it with both hands.  He had an excellent year in the seconds last year and scored a lot of runs.  That’s what it’s all about, scoring runs is a habit and he’s brought that back into the first team.  He has played some lovely shots in his innings.”

On Muchall’s performances so far this season Geoff Cook said, “It was a decision we took over the winter that we would go without an overseas player for this part of the year so we can give opportunities to people like Gordon and Kyle Coetzer and whoever else puts their hand up.  Gordon, certainly in four day cricket, has taken that opportunity and got himself a century and two fifties and I’m delighted for him.  Hopefully this is a good foundation for an exciting season for him.”